Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community (Io Series)

by Noach Dzmura (Editor)

Paperback, 2010




North Atlantic Books (2010), Edition: Illustrated, 288 pages


"While the Jewish mainstream still argues about homosexuality, many transgender and gender-variant people sit in the congregation, marry under the chuppah, and create Jewish families. Balancing on the Mechitza gives voice to this movement in Jewish culture"--Provided by publisher.

User reviews

LibraryThing member shannonkearns
This is a collection of essays and articles about trans* issues and experiences within Judaism. I really appreciated this collection of reflections. The first two sections of the book held the most meaning for me; I found the third section on Jewish law to be less interesting/helpful.

This is a
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fantastic volume, though, and I highly recommend it. My only complaint is the inclusion of some "icky" language by a couple of the cisgender contributors. Reading those were frustrating moments in an otherwise exceedingly well put together anthology.
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LibraryThing member simchaboston
Thought-provoking and generally thoughtful collection of essays regarding the transgender Jewish experience. Even though the editor modestly says this anthology is not trying to be comprehensive, there is quite a diversity of material here, ranging from personal stories about transition, to
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insights derived from rabbinic discussions of non-binary genders, to ideas and considerations for new or evolving rituals. I could've done without a couple of essays (one author in particular seemed to validate very outdated stereotypes of what it means to be well-gendered, instead of subverting or exploding the stereotypes). But overall this is a must-read for GLBT Jews and those involved with GLBT Jewish issues, especially those with specifically transgender concerns.
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Lambda Literary Award (Winner — 2011)


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Physical description

288 p.; 8.99 inches


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